Mon - Sat: 18:00 - 23:00
Wed - Sat: 12:00 - 15:00
Sun: 11:00 - 15:00
Una at One Rochester exemplifies the robust and full flavours of Spain and Europe at the iconic Rochester enclave. Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno has designed an extensive menu of his signature Tapas and Parilla Grills with the freshest ingredients and authentic flavours.
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The food's a mixed bag of memorable highs and pedestrian fare. But while the food may not be strikingly fantastic to draw diners from around the island, the gorgeous setting might. With its candlelit and lush backdrop, and tranquil ambience, UNA makes for a wonderful date-night spot.
1) Iberico Ham Croqueta ($14): humongous creamy bechamel croquettes dotted with iberico ham nubbins, well-balanced and scrumptious
2) Scallops la Plancha ($26): beautifully seared to perfection, and sided with meltingly tender veal cheeks, iberico crisps, velvety mash, and a robust red wine jus.
3) Bonuelos de Belacao ($23): sumptuous salted cod fritters contrasted with a drizzling of a bittersweet and piquant orange sauce
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4) Gambas a la Jio ($28): fresh prawns slathered in a thick jus sweet with the essence of prawn stock, and seasoned with crisp fried garlic, chilli flakes and seasalt - A change-up from the usual olive oil-infused version, and while I would have preferred the olive oil version, this was lovely.
5) Churros & Chocolat ($14): crispy dough sticks with dark chocolate syrup and honey ice-cream is a fail-safe
6) Pinchos Morunos ($25): pork fillet marinated in paprika and garlic, and served with piquillo pepper. Though commendably juicy, this was too full-bodied and overwhelmed the delicate sauce.
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The moment I stepped into UNA One Rochester, the ROMANTIC white alfresco seatings simply left me dumbstruck. It was the perfect setting for any weddings, private events and of course, a lazy Sunday brunch with good company.
The brunch started with a little confusion as I thought the indoor buffet SPREAD consists of only the cold, seafood platter and the salads selection, while the rest shown on the menu had to be ordered. Only later did I realize that some of the tapas such as Machego Cheese and Membrillo, Sourdough Bread and Alioli and Anchovies, Tomatoes and Jalepenos were already displayed as part of the buffet SPREAD.
Both the tomatoes and mozzarella as well as the Cucumber, Watermelon & Mint provided a timely respite from the sweltering heat. Look out for the anchovies as well. The hit of unbeatable savouriness in those small grey fishes remind you that you are in the midst of a Spanish feast.
We went to UNA for the first time having tried their food at the Savour event which was excellent.
The setting is out of the city and charmingly nestled into the lush foliage of Rochester Park.
The service was quite typical for Singapore – unengagingly robotic but at least inoffensive.
The menu consists of mainly recognisable Spanish dishes executed to a very decent level,
where the quality ingredients tend to shine. They're not highly creative, but are full
of flavour, which is absolutely fine for an authentic Spanish tapas restaurant.
The issue is the pricing. Everything is at least 20% over-priced. For instance; $14 for 3 small croquettas, $62 for a very small paella, or $20 for a small Sangria. Because the food is authentic rather than being highly creative, there is nowhere to hide when comparing recognisable dishes with other tapas restaurants in town - who probably have higher rents!
If the owners of Una are being squeezed by a greedy landlord then they have my sympathy. However, settling on these elevated prices is a dangerous game in the highly competitve restaurant scene of Singapore.
Would I go back if the prices were 20% lower? Most probably.
Would I go back at their current prices? Sadly, never.